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MedFilm in Malta celebrating diversity

MedFilm in Malta celebrating diversity

The very first edition of MedFilm in Malta – We love the Sea is on a mission and that mission is to combine the love of cinema and film with that of the environment and they are doing just that, by means of eight works, directly from the MedFilm Festival in Rome.

The event, which includes four feature films and four short films, is being organised by Costantino Films, in collaboration with the MedFilm festival of Rome and supported by the Arts Council Malta. It will also be held at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta, from today till Sunday, 23 January.

What is it all about?

The Medfilm Festival was founded on the occasion of the Centenary of Cinema and seeks to promote the protection of intercultural dialogue and human rights. The event also promotes the training of young people in the socio-cultural and environmental fields, the the fight against xenophobia and the dissemination of European and Mediterranean culture.

Four National Geographic documentaries will be screened during the event, with the help of the Eco Marine Malta team, who will deliver a speech at the end of the screenings. The beauty and fragility of our sea, the vastness of the oceans and also the fulcrum of our cultures will be investigated by MedFilm in Malta.

The Festival is chaired by Ginella Vocca and Giovanni Costantino, as part of an international partnership with the film festivals of Menorca, Alghero, Montenegro, Palma de Mallorca and Formentera, and is supported by the National Geographic.

The short film program

The four short films to be featured during MedFilm are La Petite, Li Paradisi, Sukar and Le Bain, all of which will be screened in their original languages with English subtitles and will add up to a total of one hour.

La petite

Petite, a little girl and the only child in her village, wanders in the middle of the Sahara, inventing games in a dying oasis. One day, she comes across a place populated solely by blind people and they seem to be the last remaining survivors from the test Gerboise Bleue.

Li Paradisi

Lucia owns a family olive grove together with her brother Donato, but her trees have stopped producing as they once did. This is due to a paraside, which has caused most of the trees to dry out. In a difficult process of acceptance, she embarks on a journey between present and past, where her identity as a human being is at stake.


Another stiflingly hot day on Casablanca beach in Morocco. Through El-Faris’ delicate and funny style, we witness the emergence of desire in adolescence, the playfulness and curiosity of children and adults trying to be grown up and mature, in vain.

Le Bain

Imed finds himself alone for a day with his five-year-old son Hedi, due to his wife’s business trip. It’s the first time that he must take care of his boy on his own. This common and simple event in a family’s life unearths painful and dark memories from the past for Imed.

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